Saturday 25 April 2015

Manchester City v Chelsea: Player ratings

Published 03/02/2014 | 22:09

Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic celebrates scoring the opening goal at the Etihad Stadium
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (R) is challenged by Manchester City's Martin Demichelis
Chelsea's Eden Hazard (R) is challenged by Manchester City's Martin Demichelis
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (right) celebrates after scoring his goal
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (centre) scores the game's opening goal
Manchester City's David Silva reacts after a missed chance
Manchester City's David Silva (L) challenges Chelsea's Willian
Manchester City's David Silva (R) challenges Chelsea's Nemanja Matic
Manchester City's Matija Nastasic (R) challenges Chelsea's Eden Hazard
Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho poses for photos with fans as he takes his seat in the dugout
Martin Demichelis of Manchester City and David Luiz of Chelsea compete for the ball
Martin Demichelis of Manchester City battles with Eden Hazard
Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opener
Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City looks on as Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea reacts
Willian of Chelsea attempts an overhead kick
Matija Nastasic of Manchester City tackles Eden Hazard
Chelsea's David Luiz battles for the ball with Manchester City's David Silva
Jesus Navas of Manchester City is closed down by Eden Hazard
Referee Mike Dean points to his foot during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea
Manchester City's David Silva battles for the ball with Chelsea's Willian
Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho before kick off against Manchester City
Chelsea's John Terry battles for the ball with Manchester City's Edin Dzeko
Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium
Stevan Jovetic of Manchester City is put under pressure by David Luiz
David Silva of Manchester City looks to break away from Willian
Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea and Matija Nastasic of Manchester City battle for the ball
A Man City fan holds up a banner during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea

Most of the top performers in tonight's 1-0 victory for Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium were in royal blue.

MANCHESTER CITY

JOE HART: Made fine saves to deny Ramires and Eden Hazard, underlining his return to form, but could do little to keep out Ivanovic's strike. 7

PABLO ZABALETA: One of City's most consistent performers had a tough night trying to contain Hazard. 6

VINCENT KOMPANY: Firm and commanding in defence and showed willingness to get forward but there was some poor work around him. 7

MATIJA NASTASIC: Made some good defensive interventions but his understanding with Kompany was lacking under pressure. 6

ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV: Provided a great attacking outlet and delivered some dangerous crosses but was caught short defensively. 6

JESUS NAVAS: Tried to run at the Chelsea defence but was unable to exert much influence. 6

MARTIN DEMICHELIS: Pushed into a midfield role and soon began to look uncomfortable, both in possession and defensively. 5

YAYA TOURE: Looked at his rampaging best early on, creating chances and going close himself, but influence waned as Chelsea took charge. 7

DAVID SILVA: Lively in the early stages, cutting through the Chelsea defence but then had a quiet spell before twice going close as City rallied. 7

ALVARO NEGREDO: Showed strength in the early stages before firing over but he offered little else and was taken off before the hour. 5

EDIN DZEKO: Got himself into some good positions and threatened but could not find the finish. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

STEVAN JOVETIC (on for Negredo, 57): Tried to find a way through and went close to equaliser by testing Cech with a fine late shot. 6

 

CHELSEA

PETR CECH: Had a quiet night but alert when called upon to save from Silva and Jovetic. 7

BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: Looked like Negredo might give him a tough night in the early stages but he responded to win that battle, producing a fine all-round display and firing a fine goal. 8

GARY CAHILL: Showed his worth with some timely interceptions as City made a lot of the early running, and got forward to hit the post. 8

JOHN TERRY: Usual calm and assured presence at the back, rarely out of position. 8

CESAR AZPILICUETA: Completed a strong Chelsea back line, timed his challenges well. 7

DAVID LUIZ: Not one of his more spectacular performances but, a poor free-kick aside, it was composed. 6

NEMANJA MATIC: Struggled to deal with some of Toure's powerful runs but grew into the game. 6

RAMIRES: Burst forward at every opportunity, providing the spark for a number of counter-attacks. 8

WILLIAN: Another powerful threat going forward, City struggled to contain him. 7

EDEN HAZARD: Showed great pace down the right and delivery to the box was dangerous. 8

SAMUEL ETO'O: In general, maybe the least threatening of Chelsea's attacking quartet but still hit the woodwork in a good showing. 7

SUBSTITUTES:

OSCAR (on for Ramires, 83): Did not have enough time to get into the game. 6

JON OBI MIKEL (on for Willian, 90): -

DEMBA BA (on for Hazard, 90: -

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